Watch Lee Casciaro score for Lincoln Red Imps against Celtic
The 34-year-old policeman capitalised on an error by Efe Ambrose to fire beyond Craig Gordon, giving Lincoln an incredible 1-0 win.
Leicester striker Dodoo keen on Gers move
JOE Dodoo has admitted he would be ‘excited’ to join Rangers, after holding talks with the Ibrox side yesterday.
The 21-year-old forward, who can play on the wing or as a striker, is out of contract with Leicester but scored a hat-trick on his debut.
It is believed Claudio Ranieri is keen to re-sign the young prospect and send him out on loan. If Dodoo refuses a new deal, Rangers would need to pay training compensation to Leicester. (Daily Mail)
Celtic linked with St. Juste
CELTIC have been linked with versatile Dutchman Jerry St. Juste, with some fans believing a deal is close to being completed.
The 19-year-old, currently with Heerenveen in his homeland, can play at centre back, full back or in midfield.
He has been at the Eredivisie side for his whole career, and broke into the first team in 2015. (Various)
Oxley seals Southend move
MARK Oxley has completed his move from Hibernian to Southend, teaming up with former boss Phil Brown.
Oxley joined Hibs initially on loan, before signing a permanent deal - but lost his place to unlikely hero Conrad Logan towards the end of the 2015/16 season.
Logan departed Hibs before Oxley, leaving Neil Lennon with Otso Virtanen and Ross Laidlaw as his two first team ‘keepers. (Various)
Rodgers ‘not embarrassed’ by Lincoln loss
BRENDAN Rodgers claimed there was “no embarrassment” in losing his first game as Celtic manager 1-0 to part-time Lincoln Red Imps in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier at the Victoria Stadium.
The Parkhead side were stunned when striker Lee Casciaro, who had scored Gibraltar’s first international goal against Scotland at Hampden in 2015, sensationally put the part-timers ahead in the 47th minute.
Asked if there were red faces in the dressing room, the former Liverpool manager, who took over from Ronny Deila in May, said: “No. There is obvious disappointment.
“There is no embarrassment. It was a tough game in tough conditions. We didn’t take our chances, they took their chance.” (The Scotsman)
Deila nets new post in Norway
RONNY Deila has been appointed the new head coach of Valerenga, according to reports in Norway.
The former Celtic boss - who said in May that he wasn’t planning on returning to management in his homeland - will take up his new role from January 1 next year.
According to Norwegian publication VG, Deila will team up with Erik Espeseth, who is stepping down from his role as managing director at Stromsgodset. (The Scotsman)
Warburton confident over Tavernier and Waghorn
RANGERS manager Mark Warburton is confident James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn will follow his lead by agreeing new contracts at the Ibrox club.
Warburton, who has signed a one-year extension until 2019, also expressed his dismay at criticism of Tavernier and Waghorn in the aftermath of last week’s revelation they have both turned down initial new contract offers from Rangers.
“I’ve every confidence (they will sign new contracts),” said Warburton. “They love being here. They are committed to Glasgow Rangers.” (The Scotsman)
Barton set to miss ‘Well game
Joey Barton is unlikely to make his Rangers debut when their competitive season kicks off with Saturday’s League Cup tie at Motherwell.
The former England midfielder started training with his new club this week after missing their pre-season training camp in South Carolina.
But Barton is behind most of his team-mates in preparation for the new campaign and manager Mark Warburton does not expect him to feature in the live televised opener at Fir Park. (The Scotsman)
McGregor warns Brondby to expect tough test
Hibernian defender Darren McGregor is ready to rip up the balance sheet as the Scottish underdogs face the great Danes of Brondby.
A traditional powerhouse of Scandinavian football, the Superliga outfit boast former Celtic man Teemu Pukki, Sweden cap Johan Larsson and a host of Denmark internationals in their ranks
McGregor said: “Brondby are a massive team. It’s a real test for us to face allegedly better opposition. We have players who can hurt teams, regardless of what level they play at, and we will enjoy the experience and hopefully get through.” (The Scotsman)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has warned his team not to take Ventspils lightly, insisting that they are much better than the Dons’ previous Latvian opponents Daugava Riga
• Robbie Neilson is on the lookout for a new striker and left-sided midfielder as he looks to bolster his Hearts squad. Northern Irish defender Liam Donnelly is currently on trial at Tynecastle
• Former Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal is a target for Premiership side Hull City